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    Announcing the 2018 Brain Awareness Week sticker

    The results are in! The winning design for the 2018 Brain Awareness Week Sticker Design Contest is by #brainweek partner Marianne Bacani of Canada. See the second and third place designs and learn more about the artists on our blog.

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    Lesson Plans for K-5

    Introducing our new lesson plans for students K-5! Build-a-Brain, Protect Your Brain, and Expose Your Nose each have lesson plans and teacher PowerPoints.

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  • Matthieu Ricard and‎ Wolf Singer’s Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience (book cover)

    Cerebrum Book Review

    Buddhism shares with science the task of examining the mind empirically. Two friends, one a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, and the other, a distinguished neuroscientist—offer their perspectives on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, epistemology, meditation, and neuroplasticity in the book that is the subject of this review.

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    Neuroethics Pioneer Steven E. Hyman

    One of the leaders in the effort to organize the first neuroethics conference was Steven E. Hyman, M.D., director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University and the founding president of the International Neuroethics Society. On the 15th anniversary of the conference, “Neuroethics: Mapping the Field,” we asked Hyman to reflect on the evolution of neuroethics, the founding of the society, and more.

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    Paula Croxson Receives SfN 2017 Science Educator Award

    Q&A with Paula Croxson on science, mentors, and how telling a story about her grandmother changed her life. Dana Foundation is proud to sponsor this award.

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Top Stories

A Year of Anniversaries: Making Sense of α-Synuclein and Parkinson’s Disease

By Kayt Sukel

Two centuries after James Parkinson described the disorder, and two decades after researchers found its tell-tale Lewy bodies, there is still a lot to learn about Parkinson’s.

A Potential Solution to the Alzheimer’s Problem

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

Guy_McKhann_thmbEvaluating potential candidates for treatment and monitoring their progression are major challenges in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Our monthly column for Brain in the News.


Understanding Stress at a Deeper Level

by Kayt Sukel

Researchers look to genes, glia, and neurogenesis to tease out how stress leads to disease and try to find biological clues to who is at greatest risk. Report from the recent SfN meeting.

How Military Service Changes the Brain

by Kayt Sukel

At the recent SfN meeting, researchers described new details of the effects of repeated blast injuries and exposure to toxins.

Towards a Neuroscientific Understanding of Voluntary Movements

by Kayt Sukel

Scientists have been scanning brains to find “free will” for more than 40 years. Researchers at this year’s SfN meeting think better models and tools might help us tease apart strands of this mystery.

Cleaning the Dirty Brain?

by Moheb Costandi

Researchers describe the role of the brain’s glymphatic system, which helps dispose of dangerous proteins, during a recent symposium in London.

The Truth About Research on Screen Time

Kayt Sukel

Kids and Screentime (thmb)There’s no shortage of articles warning of the negative effects of screen time on kids’ development, but what does the research actually say? Experts weigh in, in our new Briefing Paper.




Microglia: The Brain’s First Responders

November 29, 2017

by Staci Bilbo, Ph.D., and Beth Stevens, Ph.D.

 Microglia: The Brain’s First Responders (spotlight) (feat)

New knowledge about microglia is not even in the textbooks yet. Do these cells hold the key to understanding what causes Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and other intractable brain disorders?

Events and Deadlines

The Science of Innovation

2/15/2018- 2/17/2018

Learning & the Brain

San Francisco, CA

2018 AAAS Annual Meeting

2/15/2018- 2/19/2018


Austin, TX

Featured Publications

You've Got Some Explaining to Do:

You've Got Some Explaining to Do: This compact book can help scientific writers learn and adopt new habits to be successful writing for a non-science audience. Download it for free (PDF). Also available en español (PDF)

Featured Video

To Tell the Truth: A Neuroscience & Society and International Neuroethics Society event held at AAAS in Washington, DC, on November 9, 2017. Speakers: Elizabeth Loftus, Charles Dike; discussion includes Victoria Talwar